The plan consisted of using the underlying wood and stain and paint it, but of course it was not like that. We discovered the wood underneath was in pretty bad shape, and even though I tried my best to patch it, it did not look right. So what we did is we bought pine treads at Home Depot and also pine risers, they are pretty inexpensive, about $7 each. We sanded and sanded and stained the treads with dark walnut stain.
Here are the stairs before:
Here is my husband removing the ugly carpet, it is a lot of work and they had like million staples under the padding!
Here is how they looked after we were done removing the carpet:
See the wood? YIKES!
We sanded and stained the treads, and primed and painted the risers white:
Here we were presenting the layout (see the first step on the bottom). We just nailed the risers to the existing ones and glued the treads using super super super glue.
We are almost done! Stay tuned for the reveal! It looks awesome!